RSA Paris


19 rue Crozatier, 75012 Paris, France
Telephone/Fax +(0) 1 53 17 04 61 

RSAP was founded in September 2002 with a mission to provide study abroad opportunities for current RSA upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Selection for both semesters is made by application during the spring semester of the year before. In addition to an advanced design studio on issues relevant to the program’s context, lectures, seminars and walking tours form the basis of an expansive course comprised of many intense modules on history, theory, technology, and French culture and language, taught by leading French and European practitioners, historians, critics and theoreticians. In the fall semester, the Totalization Studio is conducted it coordination with the Houston ones, but with the participation of leading French technical consultants. In the spring semester, graduate students participate simultaneously in the pre-thesis seminar through an advanced video-conferencing system with the Houston group. Students receive 16 credit hours equivalent to a normal semester at RSA in Houston. Rice faculty augments the instruction of some of these courses. A number of study trips of varying lengths are organized each semester to visit significant architectural monuments in many cities in France, including Lyon and Bordeaux, with a longer trip outside of France, planned during mid-term breaks to countries like Italy, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Assistant Director Garry White is responsible for the day-to-day management of RSAP, overseen by Director John J. Casbarian.

The RSAP facility only accommodates the teaching functions of the program, with housing secured for the students through an apartment rental agency and coordinated by RSAP. Located in the 12th arrondissement near the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, noted for its design boutiques and galleries, RSAP is close to the Bastille Opera, Gare de Lyon and Place des Vosges. In addition to the academic programs the 1,500 square foot space can accommodate public exhibits, colloquia, and lectures. The well-equipped facility provides students with all the necessary tools to produce work of the highest caliber. RSAP is the only Rice University satellite campus.

RSAP is now open to a very limited number of outstanding students in other accredited architecture programs. Eligible, students must have completed 4 years of a Bachelor of Architecture program, with at least 8 semesters of design studio, or 2 years of a beginning Master of Architecture Program with a minimum of 4 semesters of design studio. Admitted students are enrolled at Rice University in Houston as Visiting Students and pay normal tuition fees.

Please download this pdf which includes application instructions, an application form and a recommendation form, and return the completed materials to the RSA by October 31st 2015 for the Spring semester, or March 1st, 2016 for either semesters of the academic year 2016 - 2017. To download a poster about the program as it applies to external students, please click here.

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